Great point, Greg! The way we see progress needs to change. There still seems to be a strong focus on individual growth (not necessarily a bad thing, but it is bad when that remains the focus when you extrapolate to the entire planet!). There’s also a heavy influence from the money monsters (new term! :)) who pay to control the media and continue pushing consumerism forward.
When we stop looking for success and happiness from monetary things, we’ll discover the real happiness and real success that awaits. I think it’s already happening and we just need to continue playing our part, as you are with shopping locally as much as possible. 🙂